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Desi Arnaz: 1937-1947


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 10, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Harlequin Records
  • ASIN: B000001Y0M
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #643,140 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Echa Un Pie
2. Ah! Viene La Conga
3. Vereda Tropical
4. Union Triste
5. Vira Y Vira
6. Congo Conga
7. Africa Canta
8. South America Way
9. Le Conga En Nueva York
10. Tabu
11. Cachita
12. El Marimbulero
13. Alegre Conga
14. Piensa En Mi
15. Un Poquito De Tu Amor
16. Siboney
17. Green Eyes
18. Babalu
19. Peanut Vendor
20. La Borrachita
See all 23 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Decorated with a colorful reproduction of a 78 rpm picture disc, Harlequin's Desi Arnaz collection consists of 23 choice examples from 1937-1947. Because Arnaz only began recording with his La Congra Orchestra in 1940, this time line touches upon his first appearances on record, including a taste of his work with Xavier Cugat. As leader of his own band at the Conga Club in Miami and afterwards, Arnaz operated under a clearly stated intention to blend the atmospheric textures of André Kostelanetz with the dynamism of real Cuban and Latin American traditions. The evidence collected here combines lovely mood music ("Green Eyes," "Siboney") with hot dance numbers ("Tico-Tico," "Carnival in Rio," "Cachita," "Tabu," and "Le Conga en Nueva York"). There are lots of vocals by Arnaz and others, with "La Borrachita" and "In Santiago, Chile" being sung in English. For those who seek an early version of the song that served as the intro to the "I Love Lucy" television theme, "Babalu" is also included, back to back with "The Peanut Vendor."

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My wife and I are huge fans of Desi Arnaz's music. Even our two children love hearing Desi sing. This CD contains five songs of Desi singing with Xavier Cougat's band in 1937. Desi was only 20 at the time and his voice is so high that sometimes I am not sure it is him singing. Then there are nine numbers from 1941 which are all quite good and Desi's style is now recognizable. At this point, his music is still very purely Latin. Then there are some of his famous recordings from after the war, such as "Babalu".
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7 of 17 people found the following review helpful By ROBERT on November 11, 2001
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I LOVE DESI ARNEZ' MUSIC VERY MUCH I MISS HIS SINGING ON I LOVE LUCY ....
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